Business Insights
Business Insights

What Are Microservices And Containers?

August 11, 2016

Alex Lovell-Troy, Director of Solutions Engineering at Pythian, explains microservices and containers and their benefits.

Pythian Data Scientist Ann-Julie Rhéaume Wins Prize in U.S. National Library of Medicine Challenge

August 11, 2016

Press release announcing Pythian Data Scientist, Ann-Julie Rhéaume’s second place finish in the the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Pill Image Recognition Challenge.

Pythian Partners With Willis College To Develop New Open Source Database Advanced Diploma Program

August 9, 2016

OTTAWA, Aug. 9 , 2016 /CNW/ – Pythian, a 400-person global IT services company that helps companies adopt disruptive technologies to better compete, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Willis College for a one-year Open Source Database Advanced…

What Is The ‘Real’ Cost Of Ownership For IT Investment?

July 25, 2016

Lynda Partner, Vice President of Marketing at Pythian, explains the meaning of INCIDEX, and how it factors into total cost of ownership for IT investments.

Five Good Reasons to Make Digital Transformation A Full-time Job

July 20, 2016

Lynda Partner, Vice President of Marketing at Pythian, shares a discussion with IT professionals around designating a project owner, or product manager, for major digital transformation projects.

Pokémon Go Is Losing Millions of Dollars

July 19, 2016

Jon Lewis discusses the phenomenon of Pokémon Go, and why they’re losing millions in potential revenue.

Keeping Up With Competition Like Pokémon Go

July 14, 2016

Alejandro Cordero, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses historical trends in tech, spinoff vertical companies, and the phenomenon and challenges surrounding Pokemon Go.

4 Factors For Digital Transformation Success

July 12, 2016

How do you measure the success of a digital transformation initiative? Whether it’s a full-scale strategic project, or a smaller, more targeted implementation of a digital technology, there’s no question that you need to determine a basis for measuring success….

Eight Ways To Ensure Your Applications Are Enterprise-Ready

July 12, 2016

Elliot Zissman, Managing Director at Pythian, provides practical tips to ensure your organization’s applications are enterprise-ready.

Cracking The Recipe For Transformation Success

July 11, 2016

My husband hates cracking eggs. I can see it when he hesitates right before hitting them on the side of the bowl. I can see him cringe a little when the gooey bits get on his hands. He would much…

The Value Of Data In Business Today

July 11, 2016

Alejandro Cordero, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses the rising importance in business data, and how is adds value to an organization.

Building a Mature DevOps Practice: How to Create a Culture of Experimentation

July 1, 2016

Matt Szubrycht, Senior Engineer at Pythian, discusses the culture of experimentation, operational visibility, and continuous delivery/continuous integration in relation to DevOps culture.

To Outsource Or Not To Outsource…

June 30, 2016

Lynda Partner, Vice President of Marketing at Pythian, tackles the question of whether or not organizations should consider outsourcing part of their IT operations.

Building A Mature DevOps Practice: Start With Why

June 29, 2016

Matt Szubrycht, Senior Engineer at Pythian, explains the role that DevOps plays in making your organization more competitive.

SQL Server 2016: A Review of the Latest Features & Improvements

June 16, 2016

Karen Recoskie, Product Manager at Pythian, reviews the latest features and improvements for SQL Server 2016.

Data Insights: Staying Focused On Goals And Outcomes

June 15, 2016

Dave Salmela, Big Data Consultant and Solutions Architect at Pythian, explains why it’s the perfect time to derive valuable insights from your organization’s data.

5 Tips To Transform Your Online Client Experience

June 9, 2016

Lynda Partner, VP of Marketing at Pythian, provides 5 tips for improving client experience.

Pythian Achieves Amazon Web Services Migration Competency

June 8, 2016

Today AWS announced their new Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Competency. We are proud to be on this exclusive list, and to be an Advanced Consulting Partner with a DevOps Competency in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Achieving AWS Migration Competency speaks…

Are You Optimizing Costs With AWS Reserved Instances?

June 1, 2016

Derek Downey, OSDB Practice Advocate at Pythian, discusses how to optimize costs with AWS Reserved Instances.

Join Pythian at the 2016 Cloud Computing Expo

May 18, 2016

Check out this year’s lineup of Pythian’s speakers at the 2016 Cloud Computing Expo.

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Technical Track
Technical Track

Exposing Innodb Internals via System Variables: Part 2, I/O (structure and logs)

August 23, 2016

In part 2 of this series, Peter Sylvester, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, takes a closer look at I/O structure and log related variables.

The Business Value of Using Big Data Systems Like Hadoop

August 23, 2016

Lynda Partner, Vice President of Marketing at Pythian, describes how to explain the benefits of big data systems like Hadoop, to people who have only ever known traditional data warehouses.

The rlwrap utility for DBA.

August 18, 2016

I spend most of my time as a DBA in linux terminal and sqlplus. Everybody who works with oracle sqlplus knows about its power, but also about its limitations. For many years I have used the rlwrap utility developed by…

Exposing Innodb Internals via System Variables: Part 1, Memory

August 18, 2016

Introduction A couple of months ago I decided to give myself a refresher on the mechanics of InnoDB. Having a high level understanding of what’s going on under the hood can help provide the context needed in order to resolve…

Log Buffer #487: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 18, 2016

This Log Buffer Edition covers blog posts from Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

How to install a brand new Exadata X5 (Part 1)

August 17, 2016

When you buy an Exadata machine, you can ask Oracle to proceed with the installation or let some brilliant DBAs like the one at Pythian to do it :) I will then present in this blog how to install a brand…

vm.swappiness and OOM in RHEL6

August 16, 2016

The behavior of vm.swappiness was always a bit confusing for novice linux users, as setting vm.swappiness to 0 would not completely disable swapping in the system during a memory crunch. vm.swappiness would only affect the agressiveness of swapping. Following upstream…

How To Effectively Use Microservices And Containers

August 12, 2016

Alex Lovell-Troy, Director of Solutions Engineering at Pythian, discusses the right approach to containers, and the microservices they deliver.

Log Buffer #486: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 10, 2016

Fahd Mirza, Oracle Database Administrator at Pythian, highlights top blogs posts in the worlds of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Automate SQL Server Version and Database Compatibility Report Using PowerShell

August 10, 2016

Sandeep Arora, SQL Server Database Consultant, provides a script for automating SQL Server Version and Database Compatibility Report by using PowerShell.

ASM 12c : How to Rename a Diskgroup

August 9, 2016

Fred Denis, Pythian Oracle Database Expert, explains how to rename a diskgroup.

Log Buffer #485: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

August 3, 2016

Fahd Mirza, Oracle Database Administrator at Pythian, highlights top blogs posts in the worlds of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

Minimally Logged Operations for Data Loads

July 29, 2016

Alejandro Cordero, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, explains minimally logged operations.

Log Buffer #484: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 27, 2016

Fahd Mirza, Oracle Database Administrator at Pythian, highlights top blogs posts in the worlds of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

SQL Server Security Review Using PowerShell

July 26, 2016

Sandeep Arora, SQL Server Database Consultant, explains how to automate a SQL Server Security review using PowerShell.

How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider and Solution

July 25, 2016

Warner Chaves, Principal Consultant at Pythian, compares cloud providers NoSQL and SQL, offerings from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, their similarities, differences, and use cases for each one.

Key Considerations for Moving a Database to the Public Cloud

July 25, 2016

Chris Presley, Solutions Architect at Pythian, covers considerations you should take before starting your cloud migration project.

From Configuration Management to Cloud Orchestration

July 22, 2016

Alex Lovell-Troy, Director of Solutions Engineering at Pythian, explains how to extend your existing configuration management (Ansible/Puppet/Chef) to work with your public cloud infrastructure.

Log Buffer #483: A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

July 22, 2016

Fahd Mirza, Oracle Database Administrator at Pythian, highlights top blogs posts in the worlds of Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL.

ORA-15418: Appliance Mode Not Supported For Compatible.asm 12.1.0.0.0

July 20, 2016

Fred Denis, Pythian Oracle Database Expert, talks about his encounter with error code ORA-15418: on 12.1 on Exadata.

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Pythian Life
Pythian Life

Aim for Exceptional: Reflecting on my Employment at Pythian

August 5, 2016

Shawn Melton, SQL Server Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses how his employment at Pythian differs from past jobs, and why.

Embracing Lifelong Learning In The IT Industry

June 20, 2016

Alejandro Cordero, Lead Database Consultant at Pythian, discusses the importance of lifelong learning in the IT industry.

Pythian Sponsors Another Successful Technovation Challenge!

May 30, 2016

Stephanie Caron, Marketing Manager at Pythian and Ottawa Chapter Program Coordinator for Technovation, talks about the conclusion of this year’s event.

What’s Holding You Back From Giving Back?

April 15, 2016

Heidi Hauver, VP of HR at Pythian, reflects on the importance of giving during National Volunteer Week.

There’s more to IT than just coding

March 15, 2016

Stephanie Caron, Marketing Manager at Pythian, and Ottawa Chapter Program Coordinator for Technovation, updates us on the 2016 Technovation program so far.

Sources of Inspiration on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016

Heidi Hauver, Vice President of Human Resources as Pythian, shares her sources on inspiration on International Women’s Day.

Learning To Be Present

February 25, 2016

Heidi Hauver, VP of Human Resources, writes about her journey of mindfulness, and learning to be present in her daily life.

The Value of Pythian’s Internship Program

February 19, 2016

Software Development Intern Roni Peled writes about his experience in the Pythian Internship Program.

The Little Big Company With The Huge Heart

February 17, 2016

Tara Ghazouly, Pythian Sales Representative, talks about the many random acts of kindness she’s experienced in Pythian’s Ottawa office.

My Virtual Internship with Pythian

January 28, 2016

Claudia Cornali-Motta, project management virtual intern, shares her experiences at Pythian, and her excitement around the Pythia Program.

Pythian – Through the Eyes of a CO-OP Student

January 11, 2016

Joseph Baroud, Human Resources co-op student at Pythian, provides the next wave of interns a candid perspective on what it’s like to experience the Pythian culture first hand.

Big Data Co-op Experience at Pythian

December 31, 2015

Zunaira Jamil, Pythian co-op student, describes her experiences while fulfilling her experience working with one of our Big Data teams and what she learned.

Good Habits & Gratitude

December 31, 2015

Heidi Hauver, VP of Human Resources, explains how you can unlock the power of gratitude by simply developing a good habit to record all the things you can be thankful for in 2016.

Pythian Champions Gender Diversity in Tech

November 18, 2015

  At Pythian, we embody and value diversity in every form—in our religion (or lack thereof), our geography, our culture, and of course the location we’ve chosen for our home.  We deeply believe that the best teams are diverse and…

Gotta Love English

October 21, 2015

  I do love to write, and have always enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of this wonderful language. One of my favourite features of English is how I struggle with the following items almost daily: I am doing a few things to…

Five Years, Five Top 5’s

October 4, 2015

  Five Years, Five Top 5’s On October 4th, 2010 I joined Pythian. At that time Human Resources (HR) was a team of one, supporting 90 employees in 13 countries. Five years later on October 4th 2015, HR is now…

Attending Tech Conferences

September 25, 2015

  Now that I am in management, and have been for some time, I have still been attending tech shows and presenting at them a few times a year. When I came back to Pythian in February 2011, we had…

My Sales Journey: #4

September 25, 2015

Let me start today with some great news! This week I got my first meeting….Woohoo! It happened in totally unexpected ways. It happened on Twitter. Of the dozens of calls and emails that I had been sending out it happened…

My Sales Journey: #3

September 18, 2015

This week started off with the last on boarding session with the CEO himself. It was my favorite for many reasons. It was passionate the way it can be when you build something from nothing with blood, sweat and tears and…

My Sales Journey: #2

September 11, 2015

It is Week 2 at Pythian and one thing that is becoming clear to me is that I am surrounded by people trying to create value for clients or be valuable themselves. The more we innovate and think about doing things in…

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